Man jails for Internet scam after FBI petitioned EFCC

Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos State Special Offences Court , on Wednesday , sentenced one Joseph Ekemezie to one – year imprisonment for involvement in fraudulent Internet activities .

Ekemezie was arrested following a petition written by the United States ’ Federal Bureau of Investigation to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He was first arraigned by the anti – graft agency on September 4 , 2018 , on six counts bordering on possession of a document containing false representation , but he pleaded not guilty to the charges .

Following a plea bargain application, the convict was re -arraigned on amended six counts bordering on possession of a document containing false representation .

One of the charges read, “ That you , Joseph Ekemezie , sometime in the month of June 2018 at Ikeja , within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, with intent to defraud , had in your possession a document containing false representation to wit ; California driving licence , which you knew to be false . ”

In view of the convict ’ s plea , Justice Dada sentenced him to one- year imprisonment .

She said , “ The prosecution counsel , Temitope Banjo , has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt, which clearly showed that the defendant is guilty of the charges preferred against him .

“ I, therefore , convict and sentence the defendant to one-year imprisonment and the sentence will start from the day he was remanded in prison custody , which was September 4 , 2018 . ”

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